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Leonie Barrie

Leonie BarrieBiography

Leonie Barrie joined just-style as managing editor 14 years ago, and during that time has been instrumental in steering the site's editorial content and direction. Under her leadership, just-style has raised its profile internationally, and today boasts a team of contributors around the world who provide a unique blend of up-to-the-minute news, research and analysis on the apparel and footwear industry and its supply chain.

An experienced business journalist with a background in fashion and textiles, Leonie has written extensively about global sourcing and production, technology, emerging markets, as well as retail, brand and marketing strategies. She has also interviewed industry leaders across the globe. As managing editor Leonie has travelled around the world to gain first-hand experience of the industry in various countries, and continues to deliver keynote speeches, chair roundtable and panel sessions at conferences, and write about the international apparel industry and the challenges and opportunities it faces. 

Columns by Leonie Barrie


just-style editor Leonie Barrie shares her thoughts on some of the top stories in the news.

Articles by Leonie Barrie

US looks to boost trade with Sri Lanka 3 May 2016

The US and Sri Lanka last week adopted a joint action plan to boost bilateral trade and investment between the two countries over the next five years – including strengthening worker rights and promoting ethical and environmentally sustainable manufacturing, especially in Sri Lanka’s ready-made garment sector.

Plugging in to Hanesbrands' large-scale, low-cost global supply chain is expected to drive down unit costs at Pacific Brands by at least 20%Hanesbrands in-sourcing to cut costs at Pacific Brands 3 May 2016

With agreements for two acquisitions totalling around $1bn in the space of just 21 days, Hanesbrands is positioning itself as the largest basic apparel company in the world. And the power of its company-owned supply chain is seen as the catalyst for substantial savings.

Coolcore inks Japan distribution deal with Itochu 3 May 2016

Coolcore’s chemical-free cooling and moisture transportation fabrics are to be distributed throughout Japan thanks to a just-signed exclusive distribution agreement with Itochu.

PVH CEO Chirico named to key trade advisory post 3 May 2016

President Obama has nominated Emanuel Chirico, chairman and chief executive officer of apparel giant Phillip Van Heusen, as a member of the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations.

42% of Lindex's garments are made from sustainable materialsLindex goals include supplier sustainability scorecard 29 April 2016

Swedish fashion retailer Lindex sold 27m garments made from sustainable materials last year, and says it is planning to launch a scorecard to rate suppliers on their sustainability performance.

House votes in favour of Miscellaneous Trade Bill reform 29 April 2016

The US House of Representatives yesterday (27 April) voted to approve legislation to reform the process for considering bills that would temporarily reduce or eliminate duties of up to $500,000 on products that are no longer made in the US.

Gottex implements ERP to manage global operations 29 April 2016

Global swimwear brand and manufacturer Gottex has rolled out Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software as a single solution to manage business critical applications across five continents.

By 2020, Timberland wants all its outerwear leather to come from tanneries with a Gold or Silver rating from the Leather Working GroupTimberland sets out new eco-preferred standards 28 April 2016

Outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland is to increase the use of eco-preferred materials in virtually every product it makes – across footwear, apparel and accessories – after setting new internal environmental targets for all categories.

Sales growth at UK clothing retailers falls to four-year low 28 April 2016

After a strong rise in sales volumes at UK clothing retailers in March, April proved to be a disappointing month, with cold weather leading to the sharpest decrease in sales in more than four years.

Zoe Moda sees efficiency gains with shopfloor control tool 28 April 2016

Full package Colombian apparel manufacturer Zoe Moda has seen a 20% increase in overall efficiency at its at its facility in Medellin in just one month after adopting a new shopfloor control solution.

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